Ridgefield School District Honors January Employee and Students of the Month

On January 22, Ridgefield School District officials recognized the January Employee and Students of the Month at the regular Board of Directors meeting.

The Employee of the Month is Emily Crawford, librarian at South Ridge Elementary School.  Emily Crawford has been doing so much for South Ridge Elementary School to make life easier for the students and for the teachers.  From coming in over the summer to work in the library, to staying after school to work in the curriculum room, to helping manage the new reading curriculum, Emily has been doing such great work!  The staff at South Ridge Elementary School is especially thankful for all that she does and is proud to name Emily Crawford as January’s Employee of the Month.

Emily Crawford

Students of the Month

Brooklyn Barnett, a first grader, is January’s Student of the Month at South Ridge Elementary School.  The South Ridge teachers and staff are very proud of Brooklyn.  They describe her as consistently respectful, responsible, and resilient whether in the classroom, walking down the halls or in a specialist class. Brooklyn entered first grade demonstrating excellence in Roadrunner behavior.  She loves to challenge herself and isn’t afraid to take risks.  She tries hard and never gives up.  Brooklyn is very kind and is often a peer mentor in the classroom, as she enjoys helping others.  She sets a wonderful example for all students in the classroom and in the school.

Brooklyn Barnett

William Legg, a third grader, was selected at Union Ridge Elementary.  The Union Ridge teachers and staff are very proud of William.  They write, “William is a very kind young man.  He is warm, accepting, flexible, and everyone’s friend.  He walks down the school hall to warm greetings by peers and adults alike.  William is also very helpful in the classroom, lunchroom and playground.  He is a conscientious student who works and seeks to learn and grow always.  He also has a very good sense of humor and brings a smile and laugh to many.  We are delighted to honor William.  He is an asset to Union Ridge Elementary School.”

William Legg

Bennett Erickson, a sixth grader, is January’s Student of the Month at Sunset Ridge Intermediate School.  The Sunset Ridge teachers and staff are very proud of Bennett.  One describes him this way: “Bennett is new to our school and new to the school environment, after being home schooled.  He came in after classes began, and though this was a brand new environment, Bennett did not let that stop him.  He has worked very hard to complete assignments, learn routines, make new friends, and become a respectful, responsible, resilient student.  Bennett is always polite, even when you know he is having a hard time.  He faces challenges head on and does not give up.  His smile is contagious; I look forward to greeting him every day so I can see his smile.  I’m so proud of Bennett’s effort and am confident he will continue to grow and be successful.”

Bennett Erickson

Olivia Krause, an eighth grader, was chosen at View Ridge Middle School.  The View Ridge teachers and staff are very proud of Olivia.  They write, “Olivia is a gifted student and role model within the classroom.  She is always ready for a challenge and seeks opportunities to push herself and her learning.  Olivia always works well with others and is respectful and kind.  Her calm demeanor helps to establish a productive learning environment, and her offered insights benefit the thinking of everyone in the classroom.  Olivia is a wonderful and prepared student who always strives to do more to better herself in class.”

Olivia Krause

Cameron Bosell, a senior, was chosen from Ridgefield High School.  The Ridgefield High School teachers and staff are very proud of Cameron.  Cameron is described as “a great kid for so many reasons.  Recently, he stood up and took a stand against bullying and let students know that we don’t do that at RHS.”  Another staff member describes him as “a team player, mentor and all-around great person who produces top quality work.”  Cameron participates in track, DECA, National Honor Society, and robotics.  Even though RHS is the third high school Cameron has attended (he says it’s the best one!), he still has been able to carry a perfect 4.0 GPA.

Cameron Bosell

Ridgefield School District is grateful to its sponsor, James Schmeling of Allstate Insurance Company, whose local office is providing funding to support the district’s recognition program during this school year.

District Staff Members Earn Micro-Credentials in Social Emotional Learning

Congratulations to the following Ridgefield School District staff members who have earned the Culturally Responsive Social Emotional Learning (SEL) micro-credential certification.  These educators were part of a statewide cohort who, in partnership with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), the Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB), and the online platform, Bloomboard, received 20 hours of professional learning related to SEL.

Included in the SEL professional learning were completion of the OSPI SEL modules, creation and implementation of culturally responsive SEL classroom lessons, evaluation of the lessons in relation to Washington state SEL standards and benchmarks, and the opportunity to collaborate with content area experts and other educations from around the state.

“I feel very fortunate for the opportunity to be a part of the SEL pilot,” said Teresa Vance, Behavior Intervention Specialist for the district.  “This experience has afforded participating educators the ability to engage in meaningful, job-embedded professional learning personalized to student and classroom need and has positively impacted the ability to provide social emotional learning in a manner that is culturally responsive.”

Ridgefield School District proudly congratulates the following staff members:

Back Row (L-R):  Karen Bachle, Megan Suarez, Marianne Mack, Amber Lutes, Monica Deshazer, David Payette, Teresa Vance, Tiffany Quast, Kayla Mitchell, Brooke Bray, Jamie Heim.

Front row (L-R):  Lacey Jones and Laura Gutierrez.

Not pictured:  Andrea McCain, Elena Kuzmenko, Brittany Rodin

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for Ridgefield Administrative & Civic Center Set for January 22

Donations Needed

Citizens for Ridgefield Schools are currently looking for donations for the silent and live auctions for their 2019 Annual Fundraising Dinner and Auction on Saturday, January 20.

Donating to the auction is a great way to support our schools and as a bonus get your name and or business name out there. (not to mention a tax write off).  Auction items do not need to come from only businesses.  Maybe you are a great baker and would donate desserts for a year (one dessert each month to the winning bidder). Maybe you are season ticket holder to the Seahawks, the Ballet, Theater etc you could donate tickets to an event.  Maybe you have a cabin on the beach and want to donate it for a weekend.

Lots of creative ways to donate and support!

We appreciate your consideration please email Erika at owner@ridgefieldministorage.com or or call 206-819-9119 with any questions or donations.  Thank you again for your support!

Community Forum Set for Thursday, January 17

Spudder Alumni Luncheon Set for January 25

The Ridgefield School District is pleased to extend an invitation to all Ridgefield High School graduates to attend the annual Superintendent’s Spudder Alumni Luncheon on Friday, January 25.

Come and have lunch with fellow Spudders at the new Ridgefield Administrative and Civic Center (RACC) located at 510 Pioneer Street in downtown Ridgefield.  Welcome is at 11:30 am, and lunch is at 12:00 noon.

A tour of the RACC building (the former View Ridge Middle School, newly-repurposed) is scheduled after the luncheon.

To RSVP for the event, please call Bonnie Harris at 360-619-1302 or send an email to bonnie.harris@ridgefieldsd.org by Friday, January 18.

Ridgefield School District welcomes all Spudder alumni to this event.  Please join us!

Citizens Rally for the Schools

It was a full house at the Sportsman’s this evening as people rallied for the schools.

If you were unable to make the rally, but still want to help pass the school bond, there are several ways you can help.

Attend the dinner/auction fund raiser on Saturday, January 26 at the Community Center, 6 – 9 pm.

Canvas in your neighborhood on Fridays and Saturdays at the end on the month, and also do sign waving at two locations.

The final push will be manning phone banks on February 5, 7, and 11.

Click here if you’d like to volunteer for any of these activities. A member of Citizens for Ridgefield Schools will get back to you.



Ridgefield School District Honors Its National Board Certified Teachers

Did you know that for the second consecutive year, Washington state has the most new National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) of any state?  Score results released last month by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards show a positive trend for Washington.

According to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), Washington consistently ranks among the top in the country on other NBCT figures:

  • Number of new NBCTs: 854 (national ranking:  #1)
  • Number of renewed certificates: 775 (national ranking:  #2)
  • Total NBCTs: 10,859 (national ranking:  #3)
  • Percentage of teachers who are NBCTs: 74% (national ranking #2)
  • Percentage of NBCTs employed in Washington school districts: approximately 88%

National Board certification is rigorous, requiring hard work, determination and continual self-reflection.  It is the most respected professional certification available in K-12 education and demonstrates a teacher’s commitment to excellence.

This week, the district is proud to recognize each of our National Board Certified Teachers in attaining this remarkable distinction:

Paul Hamann

Debora Ortner

Ridgefield High School

Austin Biel

Bob Ford

Bob Meek

Michael Raff

Brittany Rodin

View Ridge Middle School

Michelle Hankins

Katie James

Leilani Lamoreaux

Kristi Young

Sunset Ridge Intermediate School

Randi Christopherson

Erika Muir

Morning Stalcup

South Ridge Elementary School

Amy Hunt

Sara Marshall

Tiffany Quast

Union Ridge Elementary School

Ellen Ferrin

Mindy Morris

Shandel Oderman

Created in 1987 and implemented in Washington in 1994, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is an independent, nonpartisan, and nonprofit organization devoted to advancing the quality of teaching and learning.

District Seeks Historic Photos of Ridgefield Schools

The Ridgefield School District is gathering data on the history of its schools and is seeking archival photos of four of the historical schools that were consolidated into the district in its early days.

The Ridgefield School District’s first school opened on Maple Avenue in 1882.  Enterprise School consolidated into the district in 1931.  In 1956, Baker School was added, and Pioneer School was annexed into the district in 1957.  The addition of Sara School later that year completed the consolidation of outlying schools into the Ridgefield School District.

As Ridgefield’s present-day schools were built, these historic schools eventually closed.  Union Ridge Elementary was built in 1952, and South Ridge Elementary opened in 1960.  During one year, from 1969 to 1970, Union Ridge served both elementary and high school students.  Phase I of Ridgefield High School opened in 1970, and View Ridge Middle School was built soon afterward on Pioneer Street.

The district is seeking photographs of Enterprise, Baker, Pioneer and Sara Schools and gratefully welcomes any photo submissions of these historic schools.  Photos can be emailed to communications@ridgefieldsd.org.

South Ridge Elementary Students Visit Senior Living Center

Every month, Karen Moses’ fourth grade class celebrates kindness with First Friday Friendship Fiesta.  Last month, the students took their fiesta on the road to the Highgate Senior Living Center, where they visited with residents.

The Friendship Fiesta is typically a classroom event.  “We do a big potluck in the classroom, watch some quick inspirational videos, and I read from the friendship box,” Moses explained.

During the first month of Friendship Fiesta, they talked about how they could impact their class.  The next month, it was how to impact their school.  And last month, they talked about how to impact the community.  “Visiting the senior center was one way to impact our community,” Moses said.

A few weeks before the visit, the students wrote letters and sent photos to residents of the Highgate Senior Living Center.  Then during art class, they made decorative yarn Christmas trees and gift-wrapped them.  The students also wrote handmade cards.

On the day they visited the senior center, the students were each paired with a senior citizen.  “The kids just sat and visited with them for about half an hour,” Moses said.  “It was amazing!  The kids did such a nice job conversing with them.”  After a half hour of conversation, the students presented the gifts and performed a song they had learned for a school concert.

The Highgate residents were delighted with the students’ visit.  And the First Friday Friendship Fiesta made its circle of friends a little wider, reaching out to the community to connect with new friends.

South Ridge Elementary fourth graders sing for senior center residents.


Fifth Graders Make Gifts for Ridgefield Living Center

The classroom had stacks of brightly wrapped gifts—but none of them were for the students.  The gifts were for the residents of the Ridgefield Living Center.  Each package contained a pair of gloves and a scarf handmade by a Sunset Ridge Intermediate School student.

As part of a project on community service, the students in Jericho Kaylor, Erik Mendenhall, and Amanda Burgess’ classes researched how community service can benefit others.  Ridgefield Mayor Don Stose came to speak to the classes about the importance of community service.

The students decided to make scarves for members of the community in need.  Teacher Jericho Kaylor called the Ridgefield Living Center, an organization that provides assisted living services with a focus on mental health.  “It was awesome because the scarves we planned on making were exactly what the residents asked for!” Kaylor said.

The students measured and cut each of the scarves by hand, then added a pair of gloves and gift-wrapped the packages.  In a real community partnership, the materials were generously donated by EKM Property Management.

Now each resident at the Ridgefield Living Center has a cozy scarf and a warm pair of gloves for the winter, thanks to fifth grade students at Sunset Ridge.

Mayor Don Stose speaks to fifth graders about the benefits of community service.


Students work together to measure and cut scarves.


Wrapped gifts and big smiles!


Three classes of fifth graders display a handmade sign and gifts for the Ridgefield Living Center.

Citizens for Ridgefield Schools to Hold Bond Rally

Calling all Bond supporters! Bring your friends, bring your neighbors down to the Sportsman’s to launch our Bond campaign. We need your enthusiasm and “Go Ridgefield” spirit. Food will be provided by the Citizens for Ridgefield Schools. This group of dedicated volunteers holds fund-raising events throughout the year to raise money to support school programs.

Ridgefield School District Schedules January Patron Tour

Ridgefield School District is scheduling a Patron Tour on Tuesday, January 15 from 8:30 am to 11:30 am.  Bus transportation to the schools will be provided.

District and school administrators will lead participants on a tour of Ridgefield High School, View Ridge Middle School and South Ridge Elementary School.

“This tour will give citizens an opportunity to get an inside look at the many wonderful things going on in our schools,” said Superintendent Nathan McCann.


Patron Tour participants will meet at the newly-renovated Ridgefield Administrative and Civic Center (RACC) at 510 Pioneer Street in downtown Ridgefield.  Check-in starts at 8:15 am, and a continental breakfast will be provided before the tour.

To register, please send an email to communications@ridgefieldsd.org and provide the name and email address of each attendee.

Ridgefield Chemistry, Art and Shop Classes Partner to Build Kiln

There is a new kiln at Ridgefield High School—but it’s very different from the high-tech electric kilns already in the schools.  This one is outdoors, built of brick, and wood fired, recreating the type of kilns used for 9th to 11th century pottery.  And a remarkable partnership brought several classes together to build and use it.

Ridgefield High School teachers, Kara Breuer, who teaches chemistry, and Tamara Hoodenpyl, who teaches art, spent five weeks in Mallorca, Spain last summer on an archeological dig.  In the layers of excavation at the site were pottery chips ranging from 1000 B.C. to modern day.  The teachers were specifically interested in learning more about 9th to 11th century lusterware, with its shiny glazes.

“The glaze was toxic,” Breuer explained, “so people don’t make it anymore.  We wanted to find ways to recreate that metallic luster through chemical composition.”  Breuer and Hoodenpyl won a grant to build the kiln, create a similar style of pottery, then lead spectroscopic analysis to determine the chemical composition of the fired glazes.  Through experimentation, they hoped to recreate a glaze similar to the lusterware.

Chris Shipp’s shop class helped build the kiln, brick by brick.  Hoodenpyl’s art classes created and glazed the tiles.  And Breuer’s class led the chemical analysis after the tiles were fired.  The classes partnered together to learn the elements of chemistry behind traditional and contemporary methods of glazing and firing pottery, as well as art history and building techniques.

It was a learning process for all the classes.  The first kiln firing ran into some issues, so they did some troubleshooting and came back for a successful second try.  While the composition of the clay was very similar to the original tiles, they had mixed success with the glazes.

“We got close with the copper,” Breuer said.  “So, we’ll change the recipes and do it again with another group of students.”  It will be an active kiln for some time to come as the classes continue to collaborate, working together to unlock the secrets of ancient lusterware glazes.

Kiln being fired for the first time.

Tiles placed in kiln for firing.

Shop students, Hunter Workman (left) and Michael Burtis helped the art classes build the kiln.

“Little Spudders” Early Learning Opportunity Offered

Join us for an enriching hour of fun, enriching activities, snacks and socializing.  Parents get to work alongside their pre-schooler in early learning basics.  Sessions are monthly, starting January 24th at 6:00 pm.